ABC v CHIEF CONSTABLE OF WEST YORKSHIRE (2017)

7 July 2017

[2017] EWHC 1650 (QB)

QBD (Warby J)

A mother failed to establish that a police detective had made a slanderous statement about her while investigating her allegations that her child had been sexually abused by a family member. Although the detective had told the child’s social worker that the mother had lied during a conversation with him, the transfer of that statement onto the child’s medical notes was not likely to cause the mother any reputational harm of the serious nature required by the Defamation Act 2013 s.1. In any event, the statement was protected by qualified privilege.

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